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  • The ATP president has rejected any suggestion evidence of tennis match-fixing has been suppressed. (AAP) (Getty)Source: Getty
By
Dario Castaldo, Christophe Mallet

18 Jan 2016 - 2:41 PM  UPDATED 18 Jan 2016 - 2:48 PM

Tennis officials have rejected allegations evidence of match fixing has been hidden.

It comes after a BBC and BuzzFeed report revealed that over the last decade, 16 tennis players in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the worldwide Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over suspicions of match fixing.

The BBC says all of the flagged players were allowed to continue competing.

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) chairman Chris Kermode rejected the allegations.

The TIU anti-corruption unit was established in 2008 with authorities funding 14 million US dollars of programs tackling betting scandals and all forms of corruption.

TIU Director Nigel Willerton says tracking controls are placed on to the players’ personal devices.

A recent TIU case saw a tennis player suspended for 2 years for non-cooperation on having their device tracked.

There are claims some bookmakers are playing a role.

The BBC report says they’ve seen evidence of European betting syndicates making hundreds of thousands of pounds on games thought to have been fixed.

ATP Chairman Chris Kermode says betting agencies are determined to get rid of corruption within the game.